NORTHFIELD, Vt. – For the second time in three days, the Norwich University men's basketball team was downed by the Wildcats from Johnson & Wales (R.I.) University – Tuesday's tilt saw the Cadets felled by an 81-52 margin in Andrews Hall.
Norwich dips to 7-16 on the season, losing their 12th Great Northeast Athletic Conference game of the season. Johnson & Wales improves to 14-9 on the season, winning their 14th league game in 17 opportunities.
Junior Mike Hogervorst (Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands) scored a team-best 18 points, reeling in five rebounds and making eight field goals. Sophomore Daniel Haimes (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) poured home nine points, making three treys. Junior Tommy Fitzgerald (Williston, Vt.) handed out three assists, tying with classmate Ryan Booth (Northfield, Vt.) in that statistic.
Johnson & Wales led by as many as five points in the game's first three minutes, but Hogervorst tied the game at seven with a layup with 16:26 left in the first half. He would later add a thunderous dunk just under two minutes later – the flush would cut the Wildcats lead to 10-9, but a quick 8-0 scoring run by the guests would create an 18-9 advantage.
A three-point basket by Fitzgerald would shrink the Johnson & Wales lead to 31-20 with 4:48 left in the first half, but a late layup by Anthony Jernigan propelled the Wildcats to a 40-26 lead at halftime. Johnson & Wales punished the Cadets with 20 points off of miscues, despite yielding 14-of-24 points to Norwich in the paint.
The Wildcats grew the lead to 30 points, 81-51, following a fast-break layup from Kevin Rodriguez with 1:05 left in regulation time. Jernigan paced Johnson & Wales with 33 points, shooting 11-for-18 from the floor, with Edson Dascy pouring home 17 points. The Wildcats shot exactly 50% from the floor (30-for-60) and outrebounded the Cadets, 40-to-25.
The Cadets return to action Thursday, Feb. 16, traveling to Emmanuel (Mass.) for a 5 p.m. tilt against the Saints. Norwich is in the midst of playing five games in a seven-day stretch.